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candid expect it, when they consider that he has
Four years have been employed in this
instance has endeavoured to derive his information from the most authentic fources : he has also submitted his manuscripts to the inspection of Gentlemen in the states which they particularly described, for their correction. It is possible, notwithstanding, and indeed very probable, that inaccuracies may have crept in; but he hopes there are none of
any great importance, and that such as may be observed, will not be made the subject of severe censure, but ascribed to some pardonable cause. Ile flatters himself, however, that the work now offured to the public, will be found to be as accurate, complete, and impartial, as the present state of American Geography and History could furnish.
After all, like the nation of which it treats, it is but an infant, and as such solicits the foftering care of the country it describes ; it vill gro:v and improve as the nation advances towards maturity, and the Author will gratefully acknowledge every friendly communication which will tend to make it perfect.
In the prosecution of the work, he has aimed at utility rather than originality, and of course, when he has met with publications suited to his purpose, he has made a free use of them, and he thinks it proper here to observe, that, to avoid unnecessary trouble, he has frequently used the words as well as the ideas of the writers, although the reader has not been particularly apprized of it.
For the Author distinctly to acknowledge the obligations he is under to many citizens of these ftates, as well as to some foreigners of distinction, residents among us, would swell this preface to an improper length; he cannot forbear, however, to express his peculiar obligation to EBENEZER HAZARD, Esq. Poft-Master-General of the United States, for permission of free access to his very large and valuable ColleЕtion of papers, from which he has derived much of his historical information. This collection has been made with unwearied care and minute exactness; and the papers, which are of unquestionable authenticity, are the best, and most complete depofitum of facts relating to the history of America from its first settlement, that is to be found in the United States. The Author's acknowledgements are likewise especially due to Captain Thomas HUTCHINS, Geographer-General of the United States, for his particular friendship and affistance.
It is to be regretted, that so few Maps could be introduced into the work; but the Author hopes to be enabled to encrease the number in future Editions. The Map of the Southern States, was compiled from original and authentic documents, by Mr. Joseph Purcell, of Charleston, South Carolina, a Gentleman fully equal to the undertaking, and is the most accurate yet published respecting that country, on so small a scale. The Map of the Northern States was compiled principally by the Engraver, from the best Maps that could be procured; it was chiefly designed to give the reader an idea of the relative situation, and comparative extent of the several states and countries comprehended within its limits.
Indian names of rivers, &c. are spelled as they are pronounced, for the sake of expunging superfluous letters, and preventing persons unacquainted with the names from mistaking their true pronunciation.
The meridian which passes through Philadelphia is fixed, in this work, as the first, because of the size, the beauty, the improvements, and the central situation of that city.
The Abridgment of Europe, Asia, and Africa, is added with a view to accommodate Schools and private Families. Every citizen ought to be thoroughly
acquainted with the geography of his own country,